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Next Phase of Grey Street Revamp Revealed



It is hoped that work will start later this year on the latest stage of changes to the beloved Georgian thoroughfare, which has been rethought after a backlash from cyclists.

Council bosses unveiled their vision to remove all traffic from Grey Street in Newcastle just over a year ago, the headline act in a proposed £50m overhaul of the city centre. A temporary redesign of the beloved Georgian street has been in place since 2020, with road space given over to create more room for cyclists, pedestrians, and pavement cafes during the pandemic.

The next phase of the scheme will see all pay and display parking spots and taxi bays axed from the iconic thoroughfare. Latest designs, which are currently out to public consultation, show Grey Street with a single lane of road that would be for southbound traffic only – with significantly widened pavements on either side and a new seating area surrounded by plants. Four new loading bays will also be installed to give vehicles access to local businesses.

A council spokesperson confirmed that the ultimate aim is still to fully pedestrianise Grey Street, though its transformation is now planned to happen in just two phases rather than the original four. It is hoped that work on this stage of the scheme will begin later this year.

In January, cyclists complained that they would be effectively banned from riding up the street because the council’s plans axed a northbound cycle route. But transport chiefs have now rethought the proposal and will include such a provision, although it is not shown in the concept image released by the local authority.

Sally Watson, of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, said: “We are extremely pleased to see that the council has reinstated two-way cycling on the most recent plans for Grey Street. The city centre desperately needs more streets like this which are safe for cycling so that more people can use this inexpensive and climate-friendly form of transport.

“Given the likely low levels of traffic on the street, this new layout should work well. We’d love to see continuous pavements running the length of the street so that pedestrians have an equally high quality environment.”

The council’s vision for the city centre also includes removing all traffic from Blackett Street, though that is subject to the outcome of a public inquiry triggered by opposition from bus companies. Designs were also revealed last week for a proposal to pave over Hippy Green, while the regeneration of Northumberland Street will include the installation of 11 50ft-tall lighting pillars.


Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Jason Miller’s Story with Stage 4 Cancer – How positivity is key in every cancer journey



Jason Miller’s story on staying positive 

Although thinking and acting positively might help you cope with cancer, it’s normal and sometimes unavoidable to feel angry and scared.

Positive thinking is frequently urged on those battling with cancer. But, it is not always simple. It might be terrifying to deal with cancer and its treatment. All effected can experience low moods and worry about the future especially how your loved ones will cope.

Being upset and scared can be a sign of courage and can show that you are ready to face an uncertain future. Nonetheless, there are occasions when it can be beneficial to make an effort to replace negative thoughts with more uplifting ones.

We sat down with Jason Miller who takes us through his journey after discovering he had an aggressive stage 4 tumor. We learn how not only the diagnosis was a sign for him to put affairs in order for his family but also how he ended up surviving through his positive outlook!


Are you or anyone else effected by the content raised in this video?

The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones.

Call free on 0808 239 06 25


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